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Boston Dog Saved by Hartford Technical Rescue Team

Neel Madan of Boston pets his dog Rani as his daughter Ella, 4, thanks Hartford Fire Captain Scott Cooney for rescuing the dog on August 2, 2013. The Madans were walking a trail on the west side of the Quechee Gorge when Rani got stuck on a steep rock embankment near the Ottauquechee River and had to be rescued by the Hartford Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Neel Madan of Boston pets his dog Rani as his daughter Ella, 4, thanks Hartford Fire Captain Scott Cooney for rescuing the dog on August 2, 2013. The Madans were walking a trail on the west side of the Quechee Gorge when Rani got stuck on a steep rock embankment near the Ottauquechee River and had to be rescued by the Hartford Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »

Hartford — Members of the Hartford Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team helped pluck a Boston man’s dog from a rock outcropping in the Quechee Gorge on Friday.

A call came in just before 4 p.m. Friday that someone was stranded on a rock ledge in the gorge, Lt. Chris Dube said yesterday.

The firefighters responded about 10 minutes later, arriving on scene just after Hartford Police, Dube said. About 300 yards downstream from the Quechee Gorge bridge, they saw what looked to be a black Labrador retriever.

After devising a plan, Dube and two other firefighters, Keith Morse and Bob Robishaw, walked along a trail on the west side of the gorge.

There they found Neel Madan, of Boston, standing where the treeline meets the ledges, Dube said. Madan, who was with his daughter Ella, 4, told the firefighters that their dog, Ranis, was stuck on a rock ledge.

“There was a 5-foot lip that he (Ranis) couldn’t make it up over,” Dube said.

Dube then asked Morse to rappel down into the gorge to get Ranis. They assembled a rope system and lowered Morse down the ledge, Dube said.

“The dog was a little nervous at first,” Dube said, but Morse calmed him down, grabbed him under the belly, and was pulled back up to safety by Dube and Robishaw.

“The dog was fine after that,” Dube said.

Zack Peterson can be reached at 603-727-3211 or zpeterson@vnews.com.